Last summer, Foster/White introduced artist Janna Watson at the Seattle Art Fair and the reception was wildly positive. This year, we are thrilled to announce her second solo show, Heavy with Dreams, presented at the gallery in conjunction with the Fair.
Watson's abstractions are daring. They venture boldly into new territory tempestuous with color and gesture, while retaining an intimacy essential to the artist's practice. Her exploration of the medium is sparked by genuine curiosity. How can negative space be used to create tension? What is the story told by a line? By a suspended bloom of color? "I believe in the spirituality of form and color beyond anything else in painting," Watson says. In her work, Watson enters a conversation centered on gesture and mark-making, on the raw act of creating and what it means to express the interior landscape of the mind without evident reference to the external world.
Watson works with acrylic on birchwood and often adds a coat of resin, which, she says, "pulls and pops the colours back to life. Not that they were ever dead, but the resin creates that 'wetness' of the initial paint." With or without resin, the paintings are emotive portraits of space, texture, and movement. They are confident and vulnerable, consonant and chaotic, and each invites you into a reality of its own making.
Based in Toronto, Watson studied drawing and painting at Ontario’s College of Art and Design. Her work can be found in public and private collections including the TD Bank Financial Group, CIBC, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and the HBC Global Art Collection in New York. She was recently selected to create a magnificent 11 x 31 foot painting for the feature space in AURA, North America’s largest condominium building. She has made a significant impact on the Canadian art scene and has exhibited internationally.